Two-Run Eighth Inning Propels Redbirds Past Webster 3-1
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[April 15, 2014]
— Locked in a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning, the Illinois State
(21-11) baseball team pushed two runs across home plate in the bottom of
the inning against Webster (22-4) to come away with a 3-1 win Sunday
afternoon at Duffy Bass Field.
A trio of Redbird pitchers combined to allow just one run on seven
hits to help ISU improve to 6-2 at home this season. Dan Savas
started the game and allowed three hits in two innings of work while
striking out four Gorlocks. Dylan Craig came on and gave up just two
hits and struck out four batters over the next three innings. Jeremy
Rhodes (3-3) pitched the final four frames, allowing one unearned
run on two hits and striking out three to pick up the win.
Dwyer led the Redbirds at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run
scored. Mike Hollenbeck drove in the first run of the game for the
Redbirds and finished 1-for-3 with a walk, and Jack Czeszewski and
Brock Stewart each drove in a run in the game.
Hollenbeck got the Redbirds on the scoreboard first with a RBI
single in the bottom of the third inning. Dwyer got things started
with a one-out single, and after a pop-out to the catcher by second
baseman Paul DeJong, he advanced to second base on a balk by Smith.
Hollenbeck then drove a single through the right side of the infield
into right field, which allowed Dwyer to score from second base for
the first run of the game.
The two teams remained scoreless until the top of the eighth
inning, when the Gorlocks manufactured a run and took advantage of a
throwing error to tie the game. Catcher Zach Allam led off the
inning with a single and then advanced to second base when Matt
Wollnik laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached as Rhodes' throw
pulled Brian Rodemoyer off the bag for the throwing error. Both
runners then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Corey Lasky, and Allam
came around to score on an RBI groundout by third baseman Ryan Hall
later in the inning.
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The game did not stay knotted very long, as back-to-back one-out
doubles by Logan Leverett and Stewart gave the Redbirds a 2-1 lead
in the bottom half of the inning. ISU tacked on another run,
courtesy of a bases-loaded walk by Czeszewski that plated Stewart,
to make the score 3-1 headed to the ninth inning. Rhodes proceeded
to pitch a scoreless top half of the ninth to secure the victory for
The Redbirds had Monday off before hosting in-state foe Illinois
on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on "Walking Taco Day" at Duffy Bass Field.
news release received from
Illinois State University]